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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-25-2013 09:54 PM 2262 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2013 09:54 PM

I wanted an oscillating spindle sander (OSS), so when I saw it at HF for $99. I rushed down to get one. Little did I know at the time, they had a newer model that was being substituted for the old model. After reading reviews on the two models, I was warned away from the new model. I called HF about it and they told me the old model was discontinued. I tried out the new model and was not impressed by it’s performance, so I took it back. I am still in the market for an OSS, but maybe you can educate me. I looked at the specifications of various OSS’s and find that they all have different specs. They vary by RPM’s, oscillations per minute and stroke. What is the best combination of the three variables? Ridgid is pretty much out of the running, as I don’t want the belt sanding function.

I might be able to find a second hand HF model on CI, but is buying a 2nd hand HF tool the same as buying a 2nd hand Yugo?

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 10:22 PM

Hate that you’re eliminating the Ridgid.
It’s a great value, and ya don’t have the issue of “you bought WHAT” when it comes to any parts, etc.


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#2 posted 07-25-2013 10:22 PM

You do know the Ridgid has six drums in addition to the belt function?
Most folks I have seen comment are very happy with the Ridgid.

The good OSS have at least a 1” stroke and 30 strokes pre minute. I think that and longer drums are the two criteria to seek out for a better machine. You also need enough power that you don’t stall it out when you lean on it. I’d look for at least 1/2 hp.

The old HF machine I believe was 5/8 stroke. That same machine is sold under several different brand names, Most recently I have seen it sold as Triton for over $300. That’s a joke when you could get it at HF for $89 with a coupon from Wood magazine.

Grizzly sells it as Go739 for $139.

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 10:29 PM

You might be able to find an older HF sander on ebay. I have one and it’s great. Grizzly sells a near-identical model, too: . The Ridgid is excellent as well, though a little more expensive.

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 10:39 PM

If you are looking for the HF sander on his page: keep in mind that what appears to be the same sander is sold under a variety of different brand names, like Triton. (I just noticed Crank’s and Bobasaurus’s posts saying the same thing.)

Incidentally, I bought the HF sander a couple years ago and it’s been great for my hobbyist purposes. I already have a 6”belt/9” disk sander so the Ridgid wasn’t on my list.


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#5 posted 07-25-2013 10:40 PM

Rule out the Ridgid because of a nice additional feature???

I use the belt function 99% of the time. It works great for fairing subtle curves. The left side of the belt is a large diameter spindle. Several other spindle sizes to choose from as well.

It is certainly not an industrial machine, but it is great for a hobby shop.
I don’t know what kind of work you do, but I’d bet you use the belt more than you think.
I would certainly buy one again. The tilting table is fantastic for chamfering the ends of tenons and pegs.

The small OSS’s don’t have much in the way of table size. The Ridgid is a little bigger.

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 10:52 PM

I have the ridged..It’s been good for at least ten years..It ’s on its way out now though ..Was thinking of getting two separate machines..Wondering what the pro’s and cons of a 12” disc as apposed to the belt on the ridged are ? any thoughts..

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 12:44 AM

I bought a older HF spindle sander about 6 months ago on CL for $40.00 and love it. Needless to say it has way then paid for itself already! I love those great deals on CL

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#8 posted 07-26-2013 12:52 AM

I recently replaced my ridgid with the jet bench top model. The ridgid was nice and tough to bog down, but happened occassionally. My only real complaint was keeping the table at 90 degrees on mine. The jet is a heavier sturdier machine, also tough to bog down, or at least I haven’t yet. Dust collection on it is pretty not sure it 2.5x nicer than the ridgid (like the price would suggest), but its a nice machine. The ridgid is tough to beat for the $$$ though.

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#9 posted 07-26-2013 01:34 AM

I hate to hear that they have changed models. My older model is one of the “gems” from HF.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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